CITY OF OVERLAND PARK - POSITION DESCRIPTION
JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT:
Coordinates educational programming for the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens which includes
educational classes, programs, self-guided activities, field trips, temporary/permanent exhibits,
educational signage, tours and nature walks. Participates in the planning and development of events
and programs. Oversees development of curriculum for all education programs. Identifies grant
opportunities and prepares submissions. Coordinates with the Volunteer Coordinator, Operations
Supervisor, Events Supervisor, and other Arboretum staff as needed. Develop surveys and evaluation
instruments; conduct surveys, and present findings.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Coordinates education programming for the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Assists in the planning and
development of all current educational programs and events. May also include the coordination and
planning of exhibits, temporary displays, or other events in conjunction with the Assistant Supervisor of
Plans, develops and coordinates all marketing and public relations plans for educational activities at
the Arboretum, in coordination with the Event Supervisor. Creates, designs, prepares and writes
materials for brochures and other promotional materials in coordination with the Communication Team.
Reviews, updates, designs and writes educational information for use on the City's website and other
social media platforms.
Oversees development of curriculum for all educational programs at the Arboretum, including
instructors, accommodations, printed materials, marketing, enrollment, scheduling and other items, as
identified. Responsible for all educational experiences at the Arboretum both on-site or via the virtual
Maintains database of participants and vendors, and other databases as identified.
Works with schools, community groups, organizations, and others to increase awareness of Arboretum
as a resource, and develops collaborations and partnerships to extend the Arboretum's programs.
Attends Friends of the Arboretum (FOTA) meetings when directed. Responsible for coordinating the
grants submission process with FOTA and ARFOP partners.
Produces post-program wrap up reports; prepares progress reports for the FOTA monthly meetings.
Assists with supervision of volunteers, regular/seasonal and part time employees. Performs other duties
as assigned, and assists in the daily operation of the Arboretum, as needed.
The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and
tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with
subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors and any other persons or organization with which
interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.
The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but
not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time;
and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.
EDUCATION & SPECIAL LICENSE(S)/CERTIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's degree in education, public administration, communications or related field or an equivalent
combination of education and experience.
Possession of appropriate, valid driver's license.
Must maintain an insurable driving record.
Three years experience in working with the public and coordinating educational programs.
One year of experience in the design and publishing of written materials or web site design preferred.
Experience working with volunteers is preferred.
Attention to detail.
Basic math skills.
Good organizational and time management skills.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Good listening skills.
Ability to design quality brochures, signs and other promotional materials.
Effective public relations skills.
Tact and diplomacy.
Working knowledge of windows-based PC software applications such as desktop publishing,
presentation, spreadsheets and word-processing.
Ability to meet deadlines.
Ability to train and guide others.
Ability to carry out assignments through oral and written instructions.
Ability to work independently.
Ability to work in a hectic environment with many interruptions.
Creative design and written communications.
Ability to work on several projects at one time.
Good memory skills.
Ability to learn and comprehend PC software applications.
Alpha and numeric recognition.
Ability to learn new materials and systems.
Ability to prioritize work.
Ability to work in extreme environmental conditions.
Excessive standing and/or walking.
Ability to reach, stand, bend, stoop and climb.
Ability to make and receive phone calls.
Ability to speak to an individual or a group for an extended period of time.
Ability to operate office equipment such as copy machines, fax machines, calculators, and personal
Hand and eye coordination adequate to input computer and typewriter.
Ability to operate city cars, trucks and golf carts.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY (Direct & Indirect):
Direct and indirect: Part-time, temporary and volunteer personnel.
The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work
performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a
comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees
assigned to this job.